Unformatted text preview: casians study the triangle of the eyes and mouth, while Asians focus on the nose, Blais said. Caucasian and Asian subjects excelled at recognizing someone of their race, yet both had similar trouble identifying someone of another ethnic group, she added. According to Blais, also reflects the analytical approach of Caucasians and the holistic approach of Asians. In a second experiment, test subjects had to pinpoint an emotion: surprise, fear, disgust or joy. Asians mostly focused on the eyes and not enough on the mouth, which meant some emotions were wrongly identified, Blais contends. “Asians had particular problems with negative emotions. They confused fear and surprise as well as disgust and anger,” said Blais. “This is because they avoided looking at the mouth which provides a lot of information about these emotions.” Cultural or biological causes, Blais said, might explain why humans don’t read faces in a univer-sal fashion....
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- Fall '10
- Ethnic group, Paul Ekman, Blais, Caroline Blais